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Deir"" Inspiron^'' 1012 Service Manual 



Before You Begin 

Battery 

Keyboard 

Memory Module 

Hard-Drive Assembly 

Palm Rest Assembly 

Power Button Board 

Touch Pad Module 

I nternal Card With Bluetooth® Wireless Technology 

Processor Heat Sink 

Wireless Mini-Card(s) 

Video Accelerator Card 

Hinge Cover 



Display 

Camera Module 

Speakers 

Support Bracket 

isi 

I/O Board 

Status Light 

Board 

System Board 

AC Adapter 

Connector 

Coin-Cell Battery 

SIM Card Board 

Flashing the BIOS 



Notes, Cautions, and Warnings 

1^ NOTE: A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of your computer. 

/\ CAUTI ON: A CAUTION indicates potential damage to hardware or loss of data if instructions are not followed. 

A\ WARNI NG: A WARNI NG indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death. 



I nformation in this document is subject to change without notice. 
© 2010 Dell Inc. All rights reserved. 

Reproduction of these materials in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of Dell I nc. is strictly forbidden. 

Trademarks used in this text: Dell, the DELL logo, and Inspiron are trademarks of Dell I nc; Bluetooth is a registered trademark owned by Bluetooth SI G, I nc. and is used by Dell 
under license; Microsoft and Windows are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. 

Other trademarks and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Dell Inc. disclaims any 
proprietary interest in trademarks and trade names other than its own. 



Regulatory model P04T series Regulatory type P04T001 
January 2010 Rev. AOO 



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Battery 

Dell^'^ Inspiron^" 1012 Service Manual 

• Removing the Battery 
9 Replacing the Battery 

y1\ WARNI NG: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best 
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/ regulatory_ compliance. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal 
surface (such as a connector on your computer). 

j/\ CAUTI ON : Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by DelT" 
is not covered by your warranty. 

y\ CAUTI ON : To avoid damage to the computer, use only the battery designed for this particular Dell computer. Do not use batteries designed for 
other Dell computers. 



Removing the Battery 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Turn the computer over. 

3. Slide the battery release latches to the unlock position. 

4. Rotate and lift the battery out of the battery bay. 




1 


battery 


2 


battery release latches (2) 



Replacing the Battery 

y\ CAUTI ON: To avoid damage to the computer, use only the battery designed for this particular Dell computer. 

Align the tabs on the battery with the slots in the battery bay and gently press the battery until it clicks into place. 



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Before You Begin 

Dell^'^ Inspiron^" 1012 Service Manual 

9 Recommended Tools 

9 Turning Off Your Computer 

• Before Working Inside Your Computer 

This manual provides procedures for removing and installing the components in your computer. Unless otherwise noted, each procedure assumes that the 
following conditions exist: 

I You have performed the steps in Turning Off Your Computer and Before Working Inside Your Computer . 

I You have read the safety information that shipped with your computer. 

I A component can be replaced or— if purchased separately— installed by performing the removal procedure in reverse order. 



Recommended Tools 

The procedures in this document may reguire the following tools: 
I Small flat-blade screwdriver 
I Phillips screwdriver 
I Plastic scribe 
I BIOS executable update program at 5upport.dell.com 



Turning Off Your Computer 

y\ CAUTI ON: To avoid losing data, save and close all open files and exit all open programs before you turn off your computer. 

1. Save and close all open files and exit all open programs. 

2. I n Microsoft® Windows XP, click Starts Shut Down. 

In Microsoft Windows 7, click Start ^^ , click the arrow Ml , and then click Shut Down. 
The computer turns off after the operating system shutdown process finishes. 

3. Ensure that the computer and any attached devices are turned off. If your computer and attached devices did not automatically turn off when you shut 
down your operating system, press and hold the power button for at least 8 to 10 seconds until the computer turns off. 

Before Working I nside Your Computer 

Use the following safety guidelines to help protect your computer from potential damage and to help to ensure your own personal safety. 

/1\ WARNI NG: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best 
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/ regulatory_ compliance. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal 
surface (such as a connector on your computer). 

y\ CAUTI ON : Handle components and cards with care. Do not touch the components or contacts on a card. Hold a card by its edges or by its metal 
mounting bracket. Hold a component such as a processor by its edges, not by its pins. 

j/\ CAUTI ON : Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by DelT*^ 
is not covered by your warranty. 

/\ CAUTI ON : When you disconnect a cable, pull on its connector or on its pull-tab, not on the cable itself. Some cables have connectors with locking 
tabs; if you are disconnecting this type of cable, press in on the locking tabs before you disconnect the cable. As you pull connectors apart, keep 
them evenly aligned to avoid bending any connector pins. Also, before you connect a cable, ensure that both connectors are correctly oriented 
and aligned. 

^\ CAUTI ON: To avoid damaging the computer, perform the following steps before you begin working inside the computer. 



1. Ensure that the work surface is flat and clean to prevent the computer cover from being scratched. 

2. Turn off your computer {see Turning Off Your Computer ). 

y\ CAUTI ON : To disconnect a network cable, first unplug the cable from your computer and then unplug the cable from the network device. 

3. Disconnect all telephone or network cables from the computer. 

4. Press and eject any installed cards from the 3-in-l Media Card Reader. 

5. Disconnect your computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets. 

j/\ CAUTI ON: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main battery (see Removing the Battery ) before working inside the 
computer. 

6. Remove the battery (see Removing the Battery ). 

7. Turn the computer top-side up, open the display, and press the power button to ground the system board. 

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Flashing the BIOS 

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1. Turn on the computer. 

2. Go to 5upport.dell.com/ support/ downloads. 

3. Locate the BIOS update file for your computer: 

Kj NOTE: The Service Tag for your computer is located at the bottom of the computer. 

If you have your computer's Service Tag: 

a. Click Enter a Service Tag. 

b. Enter your computer's Service Tag in the Enter a service tag: field, click Go, and proceed to step 4 . 
If you do not have your computer's Service Tag: 

a. Click Select Model. 

b. Select the type of product in the Select Your Product Family list. 

c. Select the product brand in the Select Your Product Line list. 

d. Select the product model number in the Select Your Product Model list. 

^ NOTE: If you have selected a different model and want to start over again, click Start Over on the top right of the menu. 

e. Click Confirm. 

4. A list of results appear on the screen. Click Bl OS. 

5. Click Download Now to download the latest BIOS file. 
The File Download window appears. 

6. Click Save to save the file on your desktop. The file downloads to your desktop. 

7. Click Close if the Download Complete window appears. 

The file icon appears on your desktop and is titled the same as the downloaded BIOS update file. 

8. Double-click the file icon on the desktop and follow the instructions on the screen. 
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I nternal Card With Bluetooth® Wireless Technology 

Dell^'^ Inspiron^" 1012 Service Manual 

9 Removing the Bluetooth Card 
9 Replacing the Bluetooth Card 

y1\ WARNI NG: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best 
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/ regulatory_ compliance. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal 
surface (such as a connector on your computer). 

j/\ CAUTI ON : Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by DelT" 
is not covered by your warranty. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main battery (see Removing the Battery ) before working inside the 
computer. 

If you ordered a card with Bluetooth wireless technology with your computer, it is already installed. 



Removing the Bluetooth Card 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the battery (see Removing the Battery ). 

3. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard ). 

4. Remove the hard-drive assembly (see Removing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

5. Remove the palm rest assembly (see Removing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

6. Remove the screw that secures the Bluetooth card to the system board. 

7. Lift the Bluetooth card to disconnect it from the connector on the system board. 




1 


screw 


2 


Bluetooth card 



Replacing the Bluetooth Card 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin 

2. Align the connector on the Bluetooth card with the connector on the system board and press gently. 

3. Replace the screw that secures the Bluetooth card to the system board. 

4. Replace the palm rest assembly (see Replacing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

5. Replace the hard-drive assembly {see Replacing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 



6. Replace the keyboard {see Replacing the Keyboard ). 

7. Replace the battery (see Replacing the Battery ). 

y\ CAUTI ON: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may 
result in damage to the computer. 

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Camera Module 

Dell^'^ Inspiron^" 1012 Service Manual 

• Removing the Camera Module 
9 Replacing the Camera Module 

y1\ WARNI NG: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best 
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/ regulatory_ compliance. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal 
surface (such as a connector on your computer). 

j/\ CAUTI ON : Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by DelT" 
is not covered by your warranty. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main battery (see Removing the Battery ) before working inside the 
computer. 



Removing the Camera Module 

1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the battery (see Removing the Battery ). 

3. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard ). 

4. Remove the hard-drive assembly (see Removing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

5. Remove the palm rest assembly (see Removing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

6. Remove the hinge cover (see Removing the Hinge Cover ). 

7. Remove the display assembly (see Removing the Display Assembly ). 

8. Remove the display bezel {see Removing the Display Bezel ). 

9. Disconnect the camera cable from the connector on the camera module. 

10. Gently remove the camera module stuck to the display cover. 

2 




1 


camera module 


2 


camera cable connector 



Replacing the Camera Module 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Use the alignment posts to place the camera module on the display cover. 



3. Adhere the camera module in position. 

4. Connect the camera cable to the connector on the camera module. 

5. Replace the display bezel {see Replacing the Display Bezel ). 

6. Replace the display assembly (see Replacing the Display Assembly ). 

7. Replace the hinge cover {see Replacing the Hinge Cover ). 

8. Replace the palm rest assembly{see Replacing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

9. Replace the hard-drive assembly {see Replacing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

10. Replace the keyboard {see Replacing the Keyboard ). 

11. Replace the battery (see Replacing the Battery ). 

y\ CAUTI ON: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may 
result in damage to the computer. 

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Coin-Cell Battery 

Dell^'^ Inspiron^" 1012 Service Manual 

9 Removing the Coin-Cell Battery 
9 Replacing the Coin-Cell Battery 

y1\ WARNI NG: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best 
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/ regulatory_ compliance. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal 
surface (such as a connector on your computer). 

j/\ CAUTI ON : Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by DelT" 
is not covered by your warranty. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main battery (see Removing the Battery ) before working inside the 
computer. 

Removing the Coin-Cell Battery 

1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the battery (see Removing the Battery ). 

3. Follow the instructions from step 2 to step 18 in Removing the System Board . 

4. Use a plastic scribe and gently pry the coin-cell out of the battery socket on the system board. 




1 plastic scribe 2 coin-cell battery 



Replacing the Coin-Cell Battery 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. With the positive side up, snap the coin-cell battery into the battery socket on the system board. 

3. Follow the instructions from step 3 to step 21 in Replacing the System Board . 

y\ CAUTI ON: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may 
result in damage to the computer. 

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Processor Heat Sink 

Dell^'^ Inspiron^" 1012 Service Manual 

• Removing the Processor Heat Sink 
9 Replacing the Processor Heat 5inl< 

y1\ WARNI NG: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best 
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/ regulatory_ compliance. 

yf\ WARNI NG: I f you remove the processor heat sink from the computer when the heat sink is hot, do not touch the metal housing of the heat sink. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal 
surface (such as a connector on your computer). 

/\ CAUTI ON: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Deir" 
is not covered by your warranty. 

j/\ CAUTI ON: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main battery (see Removing the Battery ) before working inside the 
computer. 



Removing the Processor Heat Sink 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the battery (see Removing the Battery ). 

3. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard ). 

4. Remove the hard-drive assembly (see Removing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

5. Remove the palm rest assembly (see Removing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

6. Loosen the two captive screws that secure the processor heat sink to the system board. 

Kj NOTE: The video accelerator card (optional) is secured by the processor heat sink screw and will pop up once you remove the processor heat sink. 

7. Lift the processor heat sink off the system board. 




1 processor heat sink 2 captive screws (2) 



Replacing the Processor Heat Sink 

^ NOTE: This procedure assumes that you have already removed the processor heat sink and are ready to replace it. 

Kj NOTE: The original thermal pad can be reused if the original heat sink is reinstalled. If the heat sink is replaced, use the thermal pad provided in the kit 
to ensure that thermal conductivity is achieved. 

1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 



2. Press down the video accelerator card in the slot and place the processor heat sink on the system board. 

3. Align the two captive screws on the processor heat sink with the screw holes on the system board and tighten the two screws. 

4. Replace the palm rest assembly (see Replacing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

5. Replace the hard-drive assembly {see Replacing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

6. Replace the keyboard {see Replacing the Keyboard ). 

7. Replace the battery (see Replacing the Battery ). 

/\ CAUTI ON : Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may 
result in damage to the computer. 

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AC Adapter Connector 

Dell^'^ Inspiron^" 1012 Service Manual 

9 Removing the AC Adapter Connector 
9 Replacing the AC Adapter Connector 

y1\ WARNI NG: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best 
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/ regulatory_ compliance. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal 
surface (such as a connector on your computer). 

j/\ CAUTI ON : Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by DelT" 
is not covered by your warranty. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main battery (see Removing the Battery ) before working inside the 
computer. 



Removing the AC Adapter Connector 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the battery (see Removing the Battery ). 

3. Follow the instructions from step 2 to step 17 in Removing the System Board . 

4. Remove the left support bracket (see Removing the Left Support Bracket ). 

5. Remove the I/O board (see Removing the I/O Board ). 

6. Make a note of the AC adapter connector cable routing and remove the cable from the routing guide. 




1 AC adapter connector 



7. Lift the AC adapter connector out of the computer base. 




Replacing the AC Adapter Connector 

1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Place the AC adapter connector in the computer base. 

3. Route the AC adapter connector cable through the routing guide. 

4. Replace the I/O board (see Replacing the I/O Board ). 

5. Replace the left support bracket (see Replacing the Left Support Bracket ). 

6. Follow the instructions from step 4 to step 21 in Replacing the System Board . 

7. Replace the battery (see Replacing the Battery ). 

y\ CAUTI ON: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may 
result in damage to the computer. 

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Display 

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D 


splav 


Assembly 




D 


splay 


Bezel 


Brae 




D 


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Panel 




D 


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Cable 




D 


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Panel 


ket 



/^ WARNI NG: Before working inside your computer, read the safety Information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best 
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/ regulatory_ compliance. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal 
surface (such as a connector on your computer). 

j/\ CAUTI ON : Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell^" 
is not covered by your warranty. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main battery (see Removing the Battery ) before working inside the 
computer. 



Display Assembly 
Removing the Display Assembly 

1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the battery (see Removing the Battery ). 

3. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard ). 

4. Remove the hard-drive assembly (see Removing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

5. Remove the palm rest assembly (see Removing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

6. Remove the hinge cover (see Removing the Hinge Cover ). 



7. Remove the screw that secures the display assembly to the computer base. 

1 




1 screw 



8. Open the display. 



Ki NOTE: Ensure that you take adequate care while opening the display. 



9. Note the routing of the Mini-Card antenna cables and remove them from the routing guides on the computer. 
10. Disconnect the antenna cables from the Mini-Card. 



11. Disconnect the display cable from the connector on the system board. 

12. Remove the display cable grounding screw. 

1 2 3 




1 


Mini-Card cable routing 


2 


display cable connector 


3 


display cable grounding screw 



13. Remove the screw that secures the display assembly to the computer base. 




1 screw 



14. Lift the display assembly off the computer. 



Replacing the Display Assembly 



Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

Place the display assembly in position and replace the screw that secures the display assembly to the computer base. 

Replace the display cable grounding screw. 

Route the Mini-Card antenna cables through the routing guides on the computer base. 

Connect the display cable to the connector on the system board. 

Connect the antenna cables to the Mini-Card (see Replacing the Mini-Card(s) ). 

Replace the screw that secures the display assembly to the computer base. 

Replace the hinge cover {see Replacing the Hinge Cover ). 

Replace the palm rest assembly (see Replacing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

Replace the hard-drive assembly {see Replacing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

Replace the keyboard {see Replacing the Keyboard ). 

Replace the battery (see Replacing the Battery ). 



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CAUTI ON : Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may 
result in damage to the computer. 



Display Bezel 
Removing the Display Bezel 

j/\ CAUTI ON : The display bezel is extremely fragile. Be careful when removing it to prevent damaging the bezel. 

1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the display assembly (see Removing the Display Assembly ). 

3. Remove the two rubber pads that cover the screws that secure the display bezel to the display cover. 

4. Remove the two screws that secure the display bezel to the display assembly. 

5. Using your fingertips, carefully pry up the inside edge of the display bezel. 




1 


screws (2) 


2 


rubber pads (2) | 


3 


display bezel | 



6. Remove the display bezel. 



Replacing the Display Bezel 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Align the display bezel over the display panel, and gently snap into place. 

3. Replace the two screws that secure the display bezel to the display cover. 

4. Replace the two rubber pads to cover the screws that secure the display bezel to the display cover. 

5. Replace the display assembly {see Replacing the Display Assembly ). 

j/\ CAUTI ON: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may 
result in damage to the computer. 



Display Panel 



Removing the Display Panel 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the display assembly (see Removing the Display Assembly ). 

3. Remove the display bezel {see Removing the Display Bezel ). 

4. Disconnect the camera cable from the connector on the camera module. 

J 




1 camera cable connector 



5. Remove the four screws that secure the display panel to the display cover. 

6. Lift the display panel off the display cover. 




1 screws (4} 



2 display panel 



Replacing the Display Panel 

1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Align the display panel with the display cover 

3. Connect the camera cable to the connector on the camera module. 

4. Replace the four screws that secure the display panel to the display cover. 

5. Replace the display bezel {see Replacing the Display Bezel ). 

6. Replace the display assembly {see Replacing the Display Assembly ). 

j/\ CAUTI ON : Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may 
result in damage to the computer. 

Display Cable 
Removing the Display Cable 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the display assembly {see Removing the Display Assembly ). 

3. Remove the display bezel {see Removing the Display Bezel ). 

4. Remove the display panel {see Removing the Display Panel ). 

5. Turn the display panel over and place it on a clean surface. 

6. Pull the pull-tab as shown in the illustration to disconnect the display cable from the connector on the display panel. 




1 display cable 



7. Gently peel off the display cable from the display panel. 

Replacing the Display Cable 

1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Adhere the display cable along the edge of the display panel and connect the display cable to the connector on the display panel. 

3. Replace the tape that secures the display cable to the display panel. 

4. Turn the display panel over and place it on the display cover. 

5. Replace the display panel {see Replacing the Display Panel ). 

6. Replace the display bezel {see Replacing the Display Bezel ). 

7. Replace the display assembly ( Replacing the Display Assembly ). 

y\ CAUTI ON: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may 
result in damage to the computer. 



Display Panel Bracket 



Removing the Display Panel Bracket 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the display assembly (see Removing the Display Assembly ). 

3. Remove the display bezel {see Removing the Display Bezel ). 

4. Remove the display panel {see Removing the Display Panel ). 

5. Remove the four screws (two on each side) that secure the display panel brackets to the display panel. 

6. Remove the display panel brackets off the display panel. 




1 


screws (4) 


2 


display panel brackets (2) 



Replacing the Display Panel Bracket 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Place the display panel brackets in position. 

3. Replace the four screws (two on each side) that secure the display panel brackets to the display panel. 

4. Replace the display panel {see Replacing the Display Panel ). 

5. Replace the display bezel {see Replacing the Display Bezel ). 

6. Replace the display assembly (see Replacing the Display Assembly ). 

y\ CAUTI ON: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do SO may 
result in damage to the computer. 



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Hard-Drive Assembly 

Dell^'^ Inspiron^" 1012 Service Manual 

• Removing the Hard-Drive Assembly 
9 Replacing tlie Hard-Drive Assembly 

y1\ WARNI NG: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best 
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/ regulatory_ compliance. 

yf\ WARNI NG: I f you remove the hard drive from the computer when the drive is hot, do not touch the metal housing of the hard drive. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal 
surface (such as a connector on your computer). 

/\ CAUTI ON: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main battery (see Removing the Battery ) before working inside the 
computer. 

j/\ CAUTI ON : To prevent data loss, turn off your computer ( see Turning Off Your Computer ) before removing the hard-drive assembly. Do not 
remove the hard drive while the computer is On or in Sleep state. 

y\ CAUTI ON: Hard drives are extremely fragile. Exercise care when handling the hard drive. 

/\ CAUTI ON: Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Deir*^ 
is not covered by your warranty. 

y\ CAUTI ON: When you disconnect a cable, pull on its connector or on its pull-tab, not on the cable itself. Some cables have connectors with locking 
tabs; if you are disconnecting this type of cable, press in on the locking tabs before you disconnect the cable. As you pull connectors apart, keep 
them evenly aligned to avoid bending any connector pins. Also, before you connect a cable, ensure that both connectors are correctly oriented 
and aligned. 

Ki NOTE: Dell does not guarantee compatibility or provide support for hard drives from sources other than Dell. 

Rjl NOTE: If you are installing a hard drive from a source other than Dell, you need to install an operating system, drivers, and utilities on the new hard 
drive (see the Dell Technology Guide). 

Removing the Hard-Drive Assembly 

1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the battery (see Removing the Battery ). 

3. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard ). 

4. Remove the screw that secures the hard-drive assembly to the computer base. 

5. Using the pull-tab, slide the hard-drive assembly towards the left to disconnect the hard-drive assembly from the connector on the system board. 

6. Lift the hard-drive assembly out of the computer base. 




hard-drive assembly 2 pull-tab 



7. Remove the four screws that secure the hard drive to the hard-drive bracket. 

8. Lift the hard-drive bracl<et away from the hard drive. 




1 


screws (4) 


2 


hard drive | 


3 


hard-drive bracket | 



A 



CAUTI ON: When the hard drive is not in the computer, store it in protective antistatic packaging {see "Protecting Against Electrostatic Discharge" 
in the safety instructions that shipped with your computer). 



Replacing the Hard-Drive Assembly 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the new drive from its packaging. 

Save the original packaging for storing or shipping the hard drive. 

3. Place the hard drive in the hard-drive bracket. 

4. Replace the four screws that secure the hard drive to the hard-drive bracket. 

5. Place the hard-drive assembly in the computer base. 

6. Use the pull-tab to push the hard drive assembly and connect it to the connector on the system board. 

7. Replace the screw that secures the hard-drive assembly to the computer base. 

8. Replace the keyboard {see Replacing the Keyboard ). 

9. Replace the battery (see Replacing the Battery ). 

j/\ CAUTI ON : Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may 
result in damage to the computer. 

10. I nstall the operating system for your computer, as needed (see "Restoring Your Operating System" in the Setup Guide). 

11. I nstall the drivers and utilities for your computer, as needed. For more information, see the Dell Technology Guide. 



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Hinge Cover 

Dell^'^ Inspiron^" 1012 Service Manual 

• Removing the Hinge Cover 
9 Replacing the Hinge Cover 

y1\ WARNI NG: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best 
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/ regulatory_ compliance. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal 
surface (such as a connector on your computer). 

j/\ CAUTI ON : Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by DelT" 
is not covered by your warranty. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main battery (see Removing the Battery ) before working inside the 
computer. 



Removing the Hinge Cover 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the battery (see Removing the Battery ). 

3. Remove the two screws that secure the hinge cover to the computer base. 






4. Use a plastic scribe to gently pry the hinge cover up. 

5. Rotate to disengage the hinge cover tabs from the computer base. 




1 


plastic scribe 


2 


hinge cover 



6. Lift the hinge cover off the computer. 



Replacing the Hinge Cover 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Align the tabs on the hinge cover with the slots on the computer base and snap the cover in place. 

3. Turn over the computer and replace the two screws that secure the hinge cover to the computer base. 

4. Replace the battery (see Replacing the Battery ). 

/\ CAUTI ON: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may 
result in damage to the computer. 



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1/ O Board 

Dell^'^ Inspiron^" 1012 Service Manual 

4 Removing the I/O Board 
9 Replacing the I/O Board 

y1\ WARNI NG: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best 
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/ regulatory_ compliance. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal 
surface (such as a connector on your computer). 

j/\ CAUTI ON : Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by DelT" 
is not covered by your warranty. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main battery (see Removing the Battery ) before working inside the 
computer. 



Removing the 1/ O Board 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the battery (see Removing the Battery ). 

3. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard ). 

4. Remove the hard-drive assembly (see Removing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

5. Remove the palm rest assembly (see Removing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

6. Remove the hinge cover (see Removing the Hinge Cover ). 

7. Remove the display assembly (see Removing the Display Assembly ). 

8. Remove the left support bracket (see Removing the Left Support Bracket ). 

9. Remove the speakers (see Removing the Speakers ). 

10. Press and eject any installed card or blank from the 3-in-l Media Card Reader. 

11. Lift the locking tab and pull the pull-tab on the status light board cable and disconnect the cable from the connector on the I/O board. 

12. Disconnect the I/O board cable from the connector on the I/O board. 




1 status light board cable 



13. Remove the screw that secures the I/O board to the computer base. 




1 


I/O board 


2 


screw 



14. Lift the I/O board and ease the connectors on the I/O board out of the computer base. 



Replacing the 1/ O Board 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Align the connectors on the I/O board with the slots on the computer base. 

3. Replace the screw that secures the I/O board to the computer base. 

4. Connect the I/O board cable to the connector on the I/O board. 

5. Connect the status light board cable to the connector on the I/O board and press down on the locking tab to secure the status light board cable. 

6. Replace any installed card or blank that you removed from the 3-in-l Media Card Reader. 

7. Replace the speakers {see Replacing the Speakers ). 

8. Replace the left support bracket (see Replacing the Left Support Bracket ). 

9. Replace the display assembly (see Replacing the Display Assembly ). 

10. Replace the hinge cover (see Replacing the Hinge Cover ). 

11. Replace the palm rest assembly (see Replacing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

12. Replace the hard-drive assembly (see Replacing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

13. Replace the keyboard (see Replacing the Keyboard ). 

14. Replace the battery (see Replacing the Battery ). 

/\ CAUTI ON: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may 
result in damage to the computer. 



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Keyboard 

Dell^'^ Inspiron^" 1012 Service Manual 

9 Removing the Keyboard 
9 Replacing the Keyboard 

y1\ WARNI NG: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best 
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/ regulatory_ compliance. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal 
surface (such as a connector on your computer). 

j/\ CAUTI ON : Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by DelT" 
is not covered by your warranty. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main battery (see Removing the Battery ) before working inside the 
computer. 



Removing the Keyboard 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the battery (see Removing the Battery ). 

3. Remove the three screws that secure the keyboard to the computer base. 



4. Turn the computer over and open the display as far as possible. 

5. Lift the keyboard and carefully disengage it from the tabs on the palm rest assembly. 

6. Slide the tabs on the keyboard out of the slots on the palm rest assembly. 

y\ CAUTI ON: The keycaps on the keyboard are fragile, easily dislodged, and time-consuming to replace. Be careful when removing and handling the 
keyboard. 

/\ CAUTI ON: Be extremely careful when removing and handling the keyboard. Failure to do so could result in scratching the display panel. 

7. Turn the keyboard over and place it over the palm rest assembly. 




1 


keyboard tabs (4) 


2 


keyboard 



8. Release the keyboard cable connector latches and disconnect the keyboard cable from the system board connector. 

1 




1 


keyboard cable 


2 


keyboard cable connector latches (2) 



9. Lift the keyboard off the palm rest assembly. 



Replacing the Keyboard 

1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Slide the keyboard cable into the connector on the system board and press down on the keyboard cable connector latches to secure the keyboard 
cable. 

3. Slide the tabs on the keyboard into the slots on the palm rest assembly and lower the keyboard into place. 

4. Gently press around the edges of the keyboard to secure the keyboard under the tabs on the palm rest assembly. 

5. Turn the computer over and replace the three screws that secure the keyboard to the computer base. 

6. Replace the battery (see Replacing the Battery ). 

/\ CAUTI ON: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may 
result in damage to the computer. 



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Status Light Board 

Dell^'^ Inspiron^" 1012 Service Manual 

• Removing the Status Light Board 
9 Replacing the Status Light Board 

y1\ WARNI NG: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best 
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/ regulatory_ compliance. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal 
surface (such as a connector on your computer). 

j/\ CAUTI ON : Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by DelT" 
is not covered by your warranty. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main battery (see Removing the Battery ) before working inside the 
computer. 



Removing the Status Light Board 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the battery (see Removing the Battery ). 

3. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard ). 

4. Remove the hard-drive assembly (see Removing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

5. Remove the palm rest assembly (see Removing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

6. Lift the locking tab on the status light board cable connector. 

7. Use the pull tab to disconnect the status light board cable from the connector on the I/O board. 

8. Remove the screw that secures the status light board to the computer base. 

9. Lift the status light board off the computer base. 

2 




1 


status light board 


2 


screw 1 


3 


status light board cable | 



Replacing the Status Light Board 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Align the screw hole and the notch on the status light board with the screw hole and the tab on the computer base respectively. 



3. Replace the screw that secures the status light board to the computer base. 

4. Connect the status light board cable to the connector on the I/O board and press down on the locking tab to secure the status light board cable. 

5. Replace the palm rest assembly (see Replacing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

6. Replace the hard-drive assembly {see Replacing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

7. Replace the keyboard {see Replacing the Keyboard ). 

8. Replace the battery (see Replacing the Battery ). 

j/\ CAUTI ON: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may 
result in damage to the computer. 

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Memory Module 

Dell^'^ Inspiron^" 1012 Service Manual 

9 Removing the Memory Module 
9 Replacing the Memory Module 

y1\ WARNI NG: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best 
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/ regulatory_ compliance. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal 
surface (such as a connector on your computer). 

j/\ CAUTI ON : Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by DelT" 
is not covered by your warranty. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main battery (see Removing the Battery ) before working inside the 
computer. 

You can increase your computer memory by installing memory modules on the system board. See "Basic Specifications" in your Setup Guide or the 
Comprehensive Specifications at support.dell.com\ manuals for information on the type of memory supported by your computer. 

Kj NOTE: Memory modules purchased from Dell are covered under your computer warranty. 
Your computer has one user-accessible SODIMM connector. 



Removing the Memory Module 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the battery (see Removing the Battery ). 

3. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard ). 

4. Loosen the screw that secures the memory module cover to the palm rest assembly. 




1 memory module cover 



5. Slide the memory module cover tabs out of the slots on the palm rest assembly. 

6. Lift the memory module cover off the palm rest assembly. 



/\ CAUTI ON: To prevent damage to the memory module connector, do not use tools to spread the memory module securing clips. 



7. Use your fingertips to carefully spread apart the securing clips on each end of the memory module connector until the memory module pops up. 




1 


memory module connector 


h 


securing clips (2) | 


3 


memory module 



8. Remove the memory module from the memory module connector. 



Replacing the Memory Module 



1. Align the notch in the memory module with the tab in the memory module connector. 

2. Slide the memory module firmly into the slot at a 45-degree angle, and press the memory module down until it clicks into place. If you do not hear the 
click, remove the memory module and reinstall it. 

^ NOTE: If the memory module is not installed properly, the computer may not boot. 




1 


tab 


u 


1 notch 1 


3 


memory module connector | 



3. Slide the tabs on the memory module cover into the slots on the palm rest assembly. 

4. Tighten the screw that secures the memory module cover to the palm rest assembly. 

5. Replace the keyboard (see Replacing the Keyboard ). 

6. Replace the battery (see Replacing the Battery ). 

7. Turn on the computer. 

As the computer boots, it detects the additional memory and automatically updates the system configuration information. 

To confirm the amount of memory installed in the computer: 

In Microsoft® Windows® XP 

Click Start -> All Programs-^ Accessories-^ System Tools-> Dell System I nformation. 

In Microsoft Windows 7 



Click Start^7 -» Help and Supports Dell System I nforma 



/\ CAUTI ON : Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may 
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Wireless Mini-Card(s) 

Dell^'^ Inspiron^" 1012 Service Manual 

9 Removing the Mini-Card(s) 
9 Replacing the Mini-Card(s} 

y1\ WARNI NG: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best 
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/ regulatory_ compliance. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal 
surface (such as a connector on your computer). 

j/\ CAUTI ON : Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by DelT" 
is not covered by your warranty. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main battery (see Removing the Battery ) before working inside the 
computer. 

Wa NOTE: Dell does not guarantee compatibility or provide support for Mini-Cards from sources other than Dell. 

[f you ordered a wireless Mini-Card with your computer, the card is already installed. 
Your computer supports two Mini-Card slots: 

I One Full Mini-Card slot - for WWAN 

I One Half Mini-Card slot - for WLAN 

^ NOTE: Depending on the configuration of the computer when it was sold, the Mini-Card slot may or may not have a Mini-Card installed. 



Removing the Mini-Card(s) 

1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the battery (see Removing the Battery ). 

3. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard ). 

4. Remove the hard-drive assembly (see Removing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

5. Remove the palm rest assembly (see Removing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

6. Disconnect the antenna cables from the Mini-Card. 




antenna cables (2) 



Mini-Card 



7. Remove the screw that secures the Mini-Card to the system board. 

8. Lift the Mini-Card out of the connector on the system board. 





A 



CAUTI ON: When the Mini-Card is not in the computer, store it in protective antistatic packaging. For more information, see "Protecting Against 
Electrostatic Discharge" in the safety information that shipped with your computer. 



Replacing the Mini-Card(s) 

1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the new Mini-Card from its packaging. 

y\ CAUTI ON : Use firm and even pressure to slide the card into place. I f you use excessive force, you may damage the connector. 

y\ CAUTI ON : The connectors are keyed to ensure correct insertion. I f you feel resistance, check the connectors on the card and on the system 
board, and realign the card. 

3. Insert the Mini-Card connector at a 45-degree angle into the connector on the system board. 

4. Press the other end of the Mini-Card down into the slot on the system board and replace the screw that secures the Mini-Card to the system board. 

5. Connect the appropriate antenna cables to the Mini-Card you are installing. The following table provides the antenna cable color scheme for each Mini- 
Card supported by your computer. 



Connectors on the Mini-Card 


Antenna Cable Color Scheme 


WWAN (2 antenna cables) 

Main WWAN (white triangie) 
Auxiiiary WWAN (biack triangie) 


white with gray stripe 
biack with gray stripe 


WLAN (2 antenna cables) 

Main WLAN (white triangie) 
Auxiiiary WLAN (biack triangie) 


white 
biack 



6. Replace the palm rest assembly (see Replacing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

7. Replace the hard-drive assembly {see Replacing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

8. Replace the keyboard {see Replacing the Keyboard ). 

9. Replace the battery (see Replacing the Battery ). 

y\ CAUTI ON: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may 
result in damage to the computer. 



10. I nstall the drivers and utilities for your computer, as required. For more information, see the Dett Technology Guide. 

1^ NOTE: If you are installing a communication card from a source other than Dell, you must install the appropriate drivers and utilities. For more generic 
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Palm Rest Assembly 

Dell^'^ Inspiron^" 1012 Service Manual 

• Removing the Palm Rest Assembly 
9 Replacing the Palm Rest Assembly 

y1\ WARNI NG: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best 
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/ regulatory_ compliance. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal 
surface (such as a connector on your computer). 

j/\ CAUTI ON : Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by DelT" 
is not covered by your warranty. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main battery (see Removing the Battery ) before working inside the 
computer. 

Removing the Palm Rest Assembly 

1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the battery (see Removing the Battery ). 

3. Remove the four screws that secure the palm rest assembly to the computer base. 






4. Turn the computer over and open the display as far as possible. 

5. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard ). 

6. Remove the hard-drive assembly (see Removing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

/\ CAUTI ON: Pull the pull-tabs on top of the connectors to avoid damage to the connectors. 

7. Disconnect the power button cable from the connector on the system board. 

8. Lift the locking tab and pull the pull-tab to disconnect the touch pad cable from the connector on the system board. 

9. Remove the three screws that secure the palm rest assembly to the computer base. 




1 


power button cable connector 


2 


touch pad cable | 


3 


screws (3) 



^/\ CAUTI ON: Carefully separate the palm rest assembly from the computer base to avoid damage to the palm rest assembly. 

10. Using a plastic scribe carefully pry out the palm rest assembly along the rear edge and then ease the palm rest assembly from the computer base. 




1 palm rest assembly 



11. Lift the palm rest assembly off the computer base. 



Replacing the Palm Rest Assembly 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Align the palm rest assembly on the computer base and gently snap the palm rest assembly into place. 

3. Slide the touch pad cable into the connector on the system board and, press down on the locking tab to secure the touch pad cable. 

4. Connect the power button cable to the connector on the system board. 

5. Replace the three screws that secure the palm rest assembly to the computer base. 

6. Replace the hard-drive assembly {see Replacing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

7. Replace the keyboard {see Replacing the Keyboard ). 

8. Turn the computer over and replace the four screws that secure the palm rest assembly to the computer base. 

9. Replace the battery (see Replacing the Battery ). 



y\ CAUTI ON: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may 
result in damage to the computer. 

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Power Button Board 

Dell^'^ Inspiron^" 1012 Service Manual 

9 Removing the Power Button Board 
9 Replacing the Power Button Board 

y1\ WARNI NG: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best 
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/ regulatory_ compliance. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal 
surface (such as a connector on your computer). 

j/\ CAUTI ON : Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by DelT" 
is not covered by your warranty. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main battery (see Removing the Battery ) before working inside the 
computer. 



Removing the Power Button Board 

1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the battery (see Removing the Battery ). 

3. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard ). 

4. Remove the hard-drive assembly (see Removing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

5. Remove the palm rest assembly (see Removing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

6. Note the routing of the power button cable and remove the cable from the routing guide on the palm rest assembly. 

7. Turn the palm rest assembly over and remove the screw that secures the power button board to the palm rest assembly. 




1 


power button board 


2 


screw 1 


3 


power button cable | 



8. Lift the power button board off the palm rest assembly. 



Replacing the Power Button Board 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Place the power button board on the palm rest assembly and replace the screw that secures the power button board to the palm rest assembly. 

3. Route the power button cable through the routing guide on the palm rest assembly. 

4. Turn and replace the palm rest assembly {see Replacing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 



5. Replace the hard-drive assembly {see Replacing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

6. Replace the keyboard {see Replacing the Keyboard ). 

7. Replace the battery (see Replacing the Battery ). 

j/\ CAUTI ON : Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may 
result in damage to the computer. 

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SIM Card Board 

Dell^'^ Inspiron^" 1012 Service Manual 

• Removing the SIM Card Board 
9 Replacing the SIM Card Board 

y1\ WARNI NG: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best 
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/ regulatory_ compliance. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal 
surface (such as a connector on your computer). 

j/\ CAUTI ON : Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by DelT" 
is not covered by your warranty. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main battery (see Removing the Battery ) before working inside the 
computer. 



Removing the SI M Card Board 

1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the battery (see Removing the Battery ). 

3. Follow the instructions from step 2 to step 17 in Removing the System Board . 

4. Remove the two screws that secure the SI M card board to the computer base. 

5. Lift the SI M card board off the computer base. 




1 


SIM card board 


2 


screws (2) 



Replacing the SI M Card Board 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Place the SIM card board in position and replace the two screws that secure the SIM card board to the computer base. 

3. Follow the instructions from step 4 to step 21 in Replacing the System Board . 

/\ CAUTI ON : Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may 
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Speakers 

Dell^'^ Inspiron^" 1012 Service Manual 

9 Removing the Speakers 
9 Replacing the Speakers 

y1\ WARNI NG: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best 
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/ regulatory_ compliance. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal 
surface (such as a connector on your computer). 

j/\ CAUTI ON : Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by DelT" 
is not covered by your warranty. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main battery (see Removing the Battery ) before working inside the 
computer. 



Removing the Speakers 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the battery (see Removing the Battery ). 

3. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard ). 

4. Remove the hard-drive assembly (see Removing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

5. Remove the palm rest assembly (see Removing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

6. Disconnect the speaker cable from the connector on the system board. 
2 3 




1 


speaker cable connector 


2 


speaker cable | 


3 


speakers (2) | 



7. Remove the four (two on each side) screws that secure the speakers to the computer base. 

8. Note the routing of the speaker cable and remove the speakers and cable from the computer base. 



Replacing the Speakers 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Place the speakers on the computer base and route the speaker cables in the routing guides. 

3. Replace the four (two on each side)screws that secure the speakers to the computer base 

4. Connect the speaker cable to the connector on the system board. 

5. Replace the palm rest assembly (see Replacing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

6. Replace the hard-drive assembly {see Replacing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 



7. Replace the keyboard {see Replacing the Keyboard ). 

8. Replace the battery (see Replacing the Battery ). 

/\ CAUTI ON: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may 
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Support Bracket(s) 

Dell^'^ Inspiron^" 1012 Service Manual 

9 Removing the Left Support Bracket 

9 Replacing the Left Support Bracket 

9 Removing the Right Support Bracket 

9 Replacing the Right Support Bracket 

A\ WARNI NG: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best 
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/ regulatory_ compliance. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal 
surface (such as a connector on your computer). 

j\ CAUTI ON : Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by DelT" 
is not covered by your warranty. 

/\ CAUTI ON: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main battery (see Removing the Battery ) before working inside the 
computer. 



Removing the Left Support Bracket 

1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the battery (see Removing the Battery ). 

3. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard ). 

4. Remove the hard-drive assembly (see Removing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

5. Remove the palm rest assembly (see Removing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

6. Remove the hinge cover (see Removing the Hinge Cover ). 

7. Remove the display assembly (see Removing the Display Assembly ). 

8. Remove the screw that secures the left support bracket to the I/O board. 




1 left support bracket 2 screw 



9. Lift the left support bracket off the I/O board. 



Replacing the Left Support Bracket 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 



2. Align the slots on the left support bracket with the alignment posts on the computer base and place the bracket in position. 

3. Replace the screw that secures the left support bracket to the computer base. 

4. Replace the display assembly {see Replacing the Display Assembly ). 

5. Replace the hinge cover (see Replacing the Hinge Cover ). 

6. Replace the palm rest assembly (see Replacing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

7. Replace the hard-drive assembly (see Replacing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

8. Replace the keyboard (see Replacing the Keyboard ). 

9. Replace the battery (see Replacing the Battery ). 

/\ CAUTI ON: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may 
result in damage to the computer. 

Removing the Right Support Braclcet 

1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the battery (see Removing the Battery ). 

3. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard ). 

4. Remove the hard-drive assembly (see Removing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

5. Remove the palm rest assembly (see Removing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

6. Remove the hinge cover (see Removing the Hinge Cover ). 

7. Remove the display assembly {see Replacing the Display Assembly ). 

8. Remove the screw that secures the right support bracket to the system board. 

9. Lift the right support bracket off the system board. 




1 screw 2 right support bracket 



Replacing the Right Support Braclcet 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Align the slots on the right support bracket with the alignment posts on the computer base and place the bracket in position. 



3. Replace the screw that secures the right support bracket to the computer base. 

4. Replace the display assembly {see Replacing the Display Assembly ). 

5. Replace the hinge cover (see Replacing the Hinge Cover ). 

6. Replace the palm rest assembly (see Replacing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

7. Replace the hard-drive assembly (see Replacing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

8. Replace the keyboard (see Replacing the Keyboard ). 

9. Replace the battery (see Replacing the Battery ). 

j/\ CAUTI ON: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may 
result in damage to the computer. 

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System Board 

Dell^'^ Inspiron^" 1012 Service Manual 

9 Removing the System Board 
9 Replacing the System Board 
O Entering the Service Tag in the BIOS 

/^ WARNI NG: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best 
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/ regulatory_ compliance. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal 
surface (such as a connector on your computer). 

j\ CAUTI ON : Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Deir" 
is not covered by your warranty. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main battery (see Removing the Battery ) before working inside the 
computer. 

/\ CAUTI ON: Handle components and cards by their edges, and avoid touching pins and contacts. 

The system board's BIOS chip contains the Service Tag, which is also visible on a barcode label on the bottom of the computer. The replacement kit for the 
system board includes a CD that provides a utility for transferring the Service Tag to the replacement system board. 



Removing the System Board 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove any installed card or blank from the 3-in-l Media Card reader slot. 

3. Remove the battery (see Removing the Battery ). 

4. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard ). 

5. Remove the hard-drive assembly (see Removing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

6. Remove the palm rest assembly (see Removing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

7. Remove the Bluetooth^" card {see Removing the Bluetooth Card ). 

8. Remove the processor heat sink {see Removing the Processor Heat Sink ). 

9. Remove the Mini-Card{s) (see Removing the Mini-Card(s) ). 

10. Remove the video accelerator card (see Removing the Video Accelerator Card ). 

11. Remove the hinge cover (see Removing the Hinge Cover ). 

12. Remove the display assembly (see Removing the Display Assembly ). 

13. Remove the right support bracket (see Removing the Right Support Bracket ). 

14. Disconnect the AC adapter connector cable, SIM card board cable, and I/O board cable from their connectors on the system board. 




1 


AC adapter cable connector 


2 


SIM card board cable connector | 


3 


I/O board cable connector 



15. Remove the speakers {see Removing the Speakers ). 

16. Remove the screw that secures the system board to the computer base. 




1 


system board 


2 


screw 



17. Carefully ease the connectors on the system board out of the slots in the computer, and lift the system board out of the computer base. 

18. Turn the system board over. 

19. Remove the coin-cell battery {see Removing the Coin-Cell Battery ). 



Replacing the System Board 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Replace the coin-cell battery {see Replacing the Coin-Cell Battery ). 

3. Turn the system board over. 

4. Align the connectors on the system board with the slots on the computer base and place it on the computer base. 

5. Replace the screw that secures the system board to the computer base. 

6. Replace the speakers {see Replacing the Speakers ). 



7. Connect the AC adapter connector cable, SIM card board cable, and I/O board cable to their connectors on the system board. 

8. Replace the right support bracket (see Replacing the Right Support Bracket ). 

9. Replace the display assembly {see Replacing the Display Assembly ). 

10. Replace the hinge cover (see Replacing the Hinge Cover ). 

11. Replace the video accelerator card {see Replacing the Video Accelerator Card ). 

12. Replace the Mini-Card(s) {see Replacing the Mini-Cardfs) ). 

13. Replace the processor heat sink (see Replacing the Processor Heat Sink ). 

14. Replace the Bluetooth card (see Replacing the Bluetooth Card ). 

15. Replace the palm rest assembly (see Replacing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

16. Replace the hard-drive assembly (see Replacing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

17. Replace the keyboard (see Replacing the Keyboard ). 

18. Replace the battery (see Replacing the Battery ). 

19. Replace any cards removed from the 3-in-l Media Cards reader slot. 

/\ CAUTI ON: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may 
result in damage to the computer. 

20. Turn on the computer. 

Ki NOTE: After you have replaced the system board, enter the computer Service Tag into the BIOS of the replacement system board. 

21. Enter the service tag {see Entering the Service Tag in the BIOS ). 



Entering the Service Tag in the Bi OS 



1. Ensure that the AC adapter is plugged in and that the main battery is installed properly. 

2. Turn on the computer. 

3. Press <F2> during POST to enter the system setup program. 

4. Navigate to the security tab and enter the service tag in the Set Service Tag field. 



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Wa NOTE: A NOTE indicates important information that helps you mal<e better use of your computer. 

/\ CAUTI ON : A CAUTI ON indicates potential damage to hardware or loss of data if instructions are not followed. 

JK WARNI NG: A WARNI NG indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death. 

I nformation in this document is subject to change without notice. 
© 2010 Dell Inc. All rights reserved. 

Reproduction of these materials in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of Dell I nc. is strictly forbidden. 

Trademarks used in this text: Dell, the DELL logo, and Inspiron are trademarks of Dell I nc; Bluetooth is a registered trademark owned by Bluetooth 51 G, I nc. and is used by Dell 
under license; Microsoft and Windows are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. 

Other trademarks and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Dell Inc. disclaims any 
proprietary interest in trademarks and trade names other than its own. 

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Touch Pad Module 

Dell^'^ Inspiron^" 1012 Service Manual 

• Removing the Touch Pad Module 
9 Replacing the Touch Pad Module 

y1\ WARNI NG: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best 
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/ regulatory_ compliance. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal 
surface (such as a connector on your computer). 

j/\ CAUTI ON : Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by DelT" 
is not covered by your warranty. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main battery (see Removing the Battery ) before working inside the 
computer. 



Removing the Touch Pad Module 

1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the battery (see Removing the Battery ). 

3. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard ). 

4. Remove the hard-drive assembly (see Removing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

5. Remove the palm rest assembly (see Removing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

6. Turn the palm rest assembly over and remove the four screws that secure the touch pad module to the palm rest. 




1 


screws (4) 


2 


touch pad module 



7. Lift the touch pad module off the palm rest. 



Replacing the Touch Pad Module 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Use the alignment posts on the palm rest to correctly place the touch pad module. Replace the four screws that secure the touch pad module to the 
palm rest. 



3. Replace the palm rest assembly (see Replacing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

4. Replace the hard-drive assembly {see Replacing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 



5. Replace the keyboard {see Replacing the Keyboard ). 

6. Replace the battery (see Replacing the Battery ). 

/\ CAUTI ON: Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may 
result in damage to the computer. 



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Video Accelerator Card 

Dell^'^ Inspiron^" 1012 Service Manual 

• Removing the Video Accelerator Card 
9 Replacing the Video Accelerator Card 

y1\ WARNI NG: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best 
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/ regulatory_ compliance. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal 
surface (such as a connector on your computer). 

j/\ CAUTI ON : Only a certified service technician should perform repairs on your computer. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by DelT" 
is not covered by your warranty. 

y\ CAUTI ON: To help prevent damage to the system board, remove the main battery (see Removing the Battery ) before working inside the 
computer. 

Ki NOTE: Dell does not guarantee compatibility or provide support for video accelerator cards from sources other than Dell. 

1^ NOTE: Depending on the configuration of the computer when it was sold, the video accelerator card slot may or may not have a card installed. 

Removing the Video Accelerator Card 

1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the battery (see Removing the Battery ). 

3. Remove the keyboard (see Removing the Keyboard ). 

4. Remove the hard-drive assembly (see Removing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

5. Remove the palm rest assembly (see Removing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

6. Remove the processor heat sink {see Removing the Processor Heat Sink ). 

/\ CAUTI ON: When the video accelerator card is not in the computer, store it in protective antistatic packaging. For more information, see 
"Protecting Against Electrostatic Discharge" in the safety information that shipped with your computer. 

7. Lift the video accelerator card out of the connector on the system board. 




S«rr 



1 video accelerator card 



Replacing the Video Accelerator Card 



1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin . 

2. Remove the new video accelerator card from its packaging 



y\ CAUTI ON : Use firm and even pressure to slide the card into place. I f you use excessive force, you may damage the connector. 

y\ CAUTI ON: The connectors are keyed to ensure correct insertion. If you feel resistance, check the connectors on the card and on the system 
board, and realign the card. 

3. Insert the video accelerator card connector at a 45-degree angle into the connector on the system board. 

4. Press the other end of the video accelerator card down into the slot on the system board and replace the processor heat sink (see Replacing the 
Processor Heat Sink ). 

5. Replace the palm rest assembly (see Replacing the Palm Rest Assembly ). 

6. Replace the hard-drive assembly {see Replacing the Hard-Drive Assembly ). 

7. Replace the keyboard {see Replacing the Keyboard ). 

8. Replace the battery (see Replacing the Battery ). 

j/\ CAUTI ON : Before turning on the computer, replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may 
result in damage to the computer. 

9. I nstall the drivers and utilities for your computer, as required. For more information, see the Dell Technology Guide. 

Wa NOTE: If you are installing a video accelerator card from a source other than Dell, you must install the appropriate drivers and utilities. For more generic 
driver information, see the Dell Technology Guide. 

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